Petroleum Engineering Technology (PET)

PET 115. Petroleum Geology

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: GEOL 105.
Corequisite: PET 115L.
Typically Offered: SPRING
Students introduced to field of petroleum geology and its applications to the discovery and recovery of oil and natural gas. Theories of oil and natural gas generation and classification discussed. Interpretation and analysis of geophysical logs included. Geologic patterns, reservoir characterization and structures associated with hydrocarbon deposits described.

PET 115L. Petroleum Geology Lab

Credits: 1
Prerequisite: GEOL 105.
Corequisite: PET 115.
Typically Offered: SPRING
Students gain hands-on experience interpreting geologic maps and identifying rock types and hydrocarbon presence through drill cuttings, thin sections and core samples. Includes generation, analysis and interpretation of geophysical log information. Porosity, permeability and other basic rock properties explored; current industry software introduced.

PET 121. Petroleum Data Mgmt I

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
This course offers an overview and introduction to the common computer applications used by the petroleum industry, especially in the areas of exploration, discovery and development of major oil deposits. Students will manage and process petroleum specific datasets using Microsoft Excel, Access, and other appropriate software.

PET 131. Exploration & Production

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: PET 115.
Typically Offered: FALL
Students will be introduced to the systems used to discover and recover crude oil and natural gas. Various methods of crude oil and natural gas exploration and production will be discussed. Students will be exposed to the full petroleum supply chain, from wellhead to consumers.

PET 131L. Exploration & Production Lab

Credits: 1
Prerequisite: PET 115.
Corequisite: PET 131.
Typically Offered: FALL
Students will participate in hands on exercises to reinforce the concepts from lecture including the procedures involved in land and deep-water exploration, the development of hydrocarbon deposits, drilling wells, completing wells and development of production systems.

PET 192. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

PET 194. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

PET 195. Service Learning

Credits: 1
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Designed to increase off-campus community involvement and awareness of civic responsibility, Service Learning gives students the opportunity to earn up to six semester hours of college credit while pursuing volunteer activities that have positive impact in the community. Some examples of activities that may serve as vehicles for Service Learning include: volunteer work at non-profit organizations (e.g., Kiwanis, Lions, etc.); serving as unpaid interns in local and state government; and organizing and participating in activities that are beneficial to the community as a whole (e.g. spring clean-up drives, neighborhood watch programs, meals-on-wheels, etc.). Students interested in Service Learning should discuss options with their academic advisors and/or faculty in areas related to the proposed activity.

PET 196. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

PET 197. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

PET 199. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.

PET 221. Petroleum Data Management II

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: PET 121 and GIS 250.
Typically Offered: SPRING
Continuation of PET 121. Focus is on industry computer applications required for petroleum data management. Significant attention is paid to databases and database management. Students will work with PETRA software applications. Students will be introduced to decline curves and oil field economics.

PET 241. Principles of Reservoir Engineering

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: PET 131 and PET 251.
Typically Offered: SPRING
Students will develop the vocabulary for and study the engineering techniques and calculations used in the development, operation and management of hydrocarbon reservoirs. Students will be exposed to the techniques used to generate and interpret modern well logs. Students will have an understanding of laboratory and filed testing techniques used by the petroleum industry to analyze petroleum reservoirs. The course will also cover reservoir characterizations and current well stimulation techniques, including hydraulic fracturing.

PET 251. Well Completions

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
Students will explore well design and construction. Students will learn how to execute well completion plans and procedures. Topics include running and cementing casing, downhole completion tools and tubulars, perforating, hydraulic fracturing and wellhead equipment.

PET 280. Project Management in PET

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course, taken in final semester of the PET program, introduces the student to project management as it pertains to the petroleum industry. Students will study the planning, scheduling, and controlling of the drilling of an oil well. The students will be introduced and study the following subjects: The triangle of project control consisting of the relationship of scope, duration and costs, and how they interact; how to read and understand Gantt charts; the stages of a project - initiation, planning, execution, control and completion; the roles of petroleum service and supply companies; petroleum company organization structures and job descriptions; project reporting methods; project economics.

PET 292. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

PET 294. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

PET 296. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

PET 297. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

PET 299. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.